A WOMAN was left needing hospital treatment for facial injuries after the car she was driving flipped onto its roof and became jammed between two trees.
The 54-year-old Hartlepool woman was travelling out of town along the A689 when the black Toyota Roadster she was driving overturned on an embankment and became stuck in the trees.
The incident happened at 8.04am yesterday between Greatham and Newton Bewley, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
Emergency services rushed to the scene and firefighters from Stranton Fire Brigade had to cut the woman free from the badly crumpled car.
After almost an hour of the crew carefully removing the car from around the driver, she was placed in an ambulance and taken to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
Police say she was conscious throughout the ordeal, but had suffered facial injuries.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “This was a one-vehicle collision where the car has flipped over and the vehicle became caught in trees.
“The driver of the car, a 54-year-old woman from Hartlepool, became trapped and had to be cut free by the fire brigade. She was conscious and breathing, but had suffered facial injuries and was taken to hospital by ambulance.”
One lane of the carriageway was closed until 10.40am, which caused major hold-ups for motorists travelling out of town.
A spokesman for Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “Three appliances from Hartlepool Fire Station attended a road traffic accident on the A689 westbound carriageway at 8.05 on Friday. Firefighters freed one person from a vehicle.”